Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600001172

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philology 2015

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course115

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
1. ΑΜΒΡΑΖΗΣ/ΤΑΝΤΟΣAlexandros Tantos, Nikolaos Amvrazis
2. ΘΕΟΔΩΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ Μ.Maria Theodoropoulou
3. ΡΕΒΥΘΙΑΔΟΥ/ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ Δ.Despoina Papadopoulou, Anthoula Revythiadou
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
General Prerequisites
Αs a prerequisite to LING301, the students need to successfully complete a circle of a seminar course with the title: "IT for Philologists I' (1 ECTS). Only then, LING301 will be credited to them.
Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes of the course for the students are the following: (a) To familiarize the students with the field Linguistics (b) To discuss various aspect of language such as language acquisition, language variation and change (c) To present the general principles of linguistics and the main theoretical and methodological tools of linguistics and its subfields (d) To disucss the current linguistic theories (e) To familiarize the students with the linguistic varieties in Greece and with the geographical as well as social linguistic variation The IT seminar aims at acquainting the students with the use of IT technologies and other facilities offered by AUTh during their studies.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The evolution of the human language is the main topic of this course. The focus is both on phylogeny and biological evolution as well as on the ontogenetic development of language. The basic questions addressed are the following: Is language located in the brain or is it learned by imitation? What cognitive, perceptual and motor capacities must individuals have to speak, hear, and understand a language? Is it an instrument of though or of communication? What distinguishes language from nonhuman communication systems? Is there a grammar gene? How does language work? How do children learn it? What do individuals know when they know a language? How does language evolve and how does the brain compute it? Can language be acquired by primates other than men? Is there a ‘critical period’ for language acquisition? Emphasis is also given on language typology and variation. The IT seminar introduces the students ti the use of IT technologies and other facilities offered by AUTh during their studies with emphsasis on bibliography search.
language universals, language and thought/ideology, language acquisition, language evolution/phylogeny
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment451.6
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Fromkin, V., R. Rodman, & N. Hyams. (2008). Εισαγωγή στη μελέτη της γλώσσας. (Μτφρ. Γ. Ξυδόπουλος, Φ. Παπαδοπούλου, Ε. Βάζου και Α. Τσαγγαλίδης). Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Πατάκη. Lyons, J. 2001. ΕΙσαγωγή στη γλωσσολογία. (Μτφρ. Μ. Αραποπούλου, Α. Αρχάκης, Μ. Βραχιονίδoυ, Α. Καρά, Επ. επιμ. Γ. Καρανάσιος). Αθήνα: Πατάκης
Additional bibliography for study
Βελούδης, Γ. (2008). Γενική Γλωσσολογία Ι. Γενικά χαρακτηριστικά της γλώσσας. Θεσσαλονίκη: Υπηρεσία Δημοσιευμάτων, Α.Π.Θ. (σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή: Lyons, J. (2002). Εισαγωγή στη θεωρητική γλωσσολογία [μτφ: Α. Αναστασιάδη-Συμεωνίδη, Ζ. Γαβριηλίδη, Α. Ευθυμίου]. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο. (κεφ. 1-2) Pinker, S. (2000). To γλωσσικό ένστικτο. Πώς ο νους δημιουργεί τη γλώσσα. (Μτφρ. Ευαγγελία Μούμα.) Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Κάτοπτρο. Α.-Φ. Χριστίδης (2005). Γενική Γλωσσολογία Ι. Γενικά χαρακτηριστικά της γλώσσας. Θεσσαλονίκη: Υπηρεσία Δημοσιευμάτων, Α.Π.Θ. (σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή:
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